Southern 500 Win, Lose or Draw

  The first night race of the 2014 Sprint Cup season is over, and the streak is over. This has nothing to do with The Undertaker and Brock Lesnar, rather a two-time winner on the NASCAR season. Kevin Harvick's win didn't stun the world; it did shape how NASCAR fans will think heading into the off week. Here's a Bert Convy inspired breakdown. Win: Kevin Harvick Harvick won the race, but that's almost a secondary victory. Teams and drivers in transition often struggle. For eve ...

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Auto Club 400: Win, Lose or Draw

[caption id="attachment_684241" align="aligncenter" width="520"] Courtesy: Getty Images[/caption] So much for March Madness only being on a court. The Auto Club 400 was a bracket busting event, leaving fans on their feet, teams on their toes and consequences that will last far beyond Sunday's race. Here's a breakdown, Bert Convy style. (more...) ...

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NASCAR Media Metrics

Media moves the NASCAR meter. We all know that. Now there’s a new way to quantify one of the most important metrics in the sport. A public relations agency released how much media exposure drivers generated in 2013.  To the surprise of some, Jimmie Johnson led the charge. To the surprise of none, Danica Patrick finished second.  The entire list is here, and the takeaways are numbers for your favorite Sprint Cup driver. (more...) ...

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C-c-changes Everywhere

The winds of change are blowing through NASCAR. We're not talking a gentle breeze here, so much as we're talking about gale force winds....   That's just the beginning. NASCAR's penalty system has been spelled out. While wins won't be stripped away from violators, nonetheless the governing body believes they have laid out what teams and fans can expect if chicanery has been uncovered, not the least of which a structure for addressing repeat offenders. While there's a list of infractio ...

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Teen Sensation Kwasniewski Taking Next Big Step

He's blazing more trails than Daniel Boone. Dylan Kwasniewski, the Las Vegas teenager who turned heads by winning both the K&N Pro East and West Series titles, and starred in the AOL online series Flat Out will now race full time in the NASCAR Nationwide Series in 2014. Winning both the East and West series is something that had never been done before. This last season, Dylan grabbed the brass ring in the East Series- the same path on which the likes of Ricky Craven and Darrell Wallace ...

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Five Drivers I’m Watching This Season

Happy New Year! With the 2014 season just around the corner, it's not too early to start looking ahead. For a variety of reasons, here are five drivers I will be watching with heightened interest..... Denny Hamlin- After a season filled with calamity, Hambone finished the 2013 campaign with a win, signaling hope for the 11 team. Was it an omen? He's been a winner throughout his career, here's betting Hamlin will be right back in the mix of things this season. Kyle Larson- It's been som ...

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The Kid Is Alright: Kyle Larson Will Be Just Fine

For the first time in years, the 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup season boasts a compelling rookie class. At this posting, five have announced as candidates for Rookie Of The Year. Nationwide Series veterans Michael Annett, Parker Kligerman and Cole Whitt join the much-ballyhooed likes of Kyle Larson and Austin Dillon as candidates, perhaps the most intriguing class since 2006, which featured phenoms Denny Hamlin, Martin Truex Jr. and Clint Bowyer. Expectations are justifiably high for Dillon. He ...

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NASCAR Rookies: Win, Lose or Draw

Leave it to hockey to inspire a NASCAR column. During an other wise boring game between Winnipeg and Columbus, who would show up at Nationwide Arena other than Nationwide Series Champion Austin Dillon. When coupled with this breakdown of 2014 Sprint Cup rookie drivers, let's do a quick breakdown, Bert Convy style: (more...) ...

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LARSON, PARK MAKE IT A BATTLE ALRIGHT

 They say “all is fair in love and war.” NASCAR phenom Kyle Larson and Dale Earnhardt protégé Steve Park put the “battle” in the first annual “Battle at the Beach” on the short track at Daytona. After 20-year old phenom Kyle Larson punted C.E. Falk for the win Monday, Mike Stefanik got the bump and dump from Steve Park on a green-white-checkered, as he won his first Whelen Modified victory in 16 years in Tuesday night’s event. Hop ...

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